Police learned Ernst’s 2013 Ford Fiesta was missing and identified Caleb Anderson as the suspect believed to be driving the car. Anderson was arrested Aug. 3 by the Helena Police Department in Alabama and U.S. Marshals Service. AL.com reports that while in Alabama, Anderson allegedly killed 52-year-old Dwight Dixon, and he was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree burglary in connection with his death.
According to a statement, the Helena Police Department was conducting a service training at city hall when officers learned Anderson was in the city. The department said "everyone immediately hit the street" and he was "greeted by over 20 HPD officers, some on duty and some off duty."
Prior to allegedly killing Ernst and Dixon, Anderson also allegedly attacked a woman in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, WLUC-TV reports. On Aug. 1, Aurora Dahl reportedly went on a run at about 6 a.m. when Anderson came running up behind her holding duct tape and attacked her for 10 minutes. She managed to defend herself and ran away to safety.
On Nov. 18, Anderson was charged in Brown County, Wisconsin, with first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly killing Ernst. He is reportedly still in custody in Alabama.
He reportedly said he "didn’t want to kill women" even though he thought about it. Anderson allegedly chose Grindr because "it was only the convenience of the app" and added that the Grindr app "helped him by providing the men’s locations."
Ernst reportedly suffered 38 stab wounds to the upper body, three to the stomach, and many more on his hands, which appeared to be defensive wounds. He was reportedly stabbed 51 times.
Police allegedly found a green knife on Ernst’s floor and a note that read, "I am sorry and he didn’t deserve this."
Near Ernst’s body, Anderson allegedly wrote the date of the suspected murder on the wall as well as, "Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
Police reportedly discovered a burner phone with a video on it allegedly showing Anderson alongside Ernst’s body as well as pictures from the scene.